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Tide turns against U.S. residency restrictions on sex offenders

Nearly two decades have passed since Josh Gravens, then 12 years old, was playing with his 8-year-old sister and touched her body in an inappropriate way, landing himself on a sex offender registry.

His sister forgave him long ago but Gravens still worries that the incident could force him out of his Dallas home.

Concerns about sexual predators have led communities in 30 U.S. states to adopt laws limiting where registered sex offenders can live, typically keeping them away from schools, parks or other places where children congregate. Full Article

Note: this Reuters story is published on news outlets throughout the country (many with comments sections), i.e.

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  1. a mom

    I applaud this young man, Josh Gravens, for standing up and speaking for the unheard, just like Janice and RSOL board members do. Thank you. Thank you. Maybe, the “Registry” will crash and burn for good! And all the residency restrictions with it!

  2. Craig

    I believe the registry will crash and burn as more and more people stand up and fight.

  3. Tired of this

    “Josh Gravens, then 12 years old…” What kind of modern, supposedly enlightened society criminalizes exploratory behavior that psychologists unanimously consider normal for children entering puberty, and puts them on a list that supposedly exists to protect them?

    • The Unforgiven

      If we have to lock up all the children to ‘save just one child’ then I’m all for it. Only then will everyone learn that the last sentence I wrote does not make any sense.

      • Pat

        “Even if it saves just one child isn’t it worth it?” Really? Even at the expense of many anothers? Which child is more important?? The one who could possibly be harmed? Or the millions that ARE being harmed by the registry? The law does not provide equal protection. It creates victims under the guise of an intentionally misleading suggestion and false stated intent. It also violates both the “fighting words doctrine” and the “incitement doctrine” intentionally breaches the peace while forcing many under threat of imprisonment to speak things about themselves the don’t want to in violation of both the 1st and 5th amendment to the US Constitution. NO ONES signature can be forced by threat to life or liberty on any document. This is crime perpetrated on the ill-informed through trickery.

  4. Seth

    I would like to say not all sex offenders are monsters now I do know are here in indianapolis everybody that is on probation has to go to a meeting on Halloween even if u are suppose to work or not that night now parole guys and women don’t have to

    • David

      @ Seth: So they are being detained by law enforcement without just cause?? But this does not apply to female registrants?? It sounds ripe for a lawsuit.

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